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Policy Leaders Honored for Support of Health IT during 8th Annual National Health IT Week

September 16, 2013

HIMSS recognizes four Health Information Technology Leadership Award winners

Washington, DC (September 16, 2013) -Each year, during National Health IT Week, HIMSS honors policy leaders who have helped improve health with information technology initiatives. This year, four Health Information Technology Leadership Award winners will honored during the National Health IT Week 2013 Networking Reception and Awards ceremony on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.  Recipients of the Modern Healthcare/HIMSS CEO IT Achievement Award and the CHIME State Advocacy Award for CIO Leadershipwill also be recognized. 

“This year marks the twelfth year that HIMSS has honored outstanding government leaders,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.  “They recognize the value of health IT to support care coordination and healthcare transformation.  Their personal commitment has made an important difference, as we work to improve healthcare for today and tomorrow.”

Smith also noted that HIMSS will present a Special Recognition Award to outgoing National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, for his outstanding contributions toward achieving widespread health IT adoption in the U.S. 

HIMSS Congressional Health IT Leadership Award recipient, Congressman Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania, 18th Congressional District:  Congressman Tim Murphy, PhD, of Upper St. Clair began serving his sixth term in Congress representing the 18th District of Pennsylvania. Congressman Murphy relies on his three decades as a psychologist to advocate for meaningful reforms in the U.S. healthcare system. As one of only a handful of members of Congress with a background in healthcare, Murphy established himself as a leader on the issue. He is co-chair of the Mental Health Caucus and a founding member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, giving him a platform to educate other members of Congress and the public on ways to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all families.

He has been a longtime supporter of HIMSS and health IT, dating back to his co-founding the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus with former Representative Patrick Kennedy. Murphy is a long-standing member of the Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics. He is also involved with the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy and the Congressional Luncheon Series.

HIMSS Federal Health IT Leadership Award recipient, Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Marilyn Tavenner is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  As CMS’ leader, Tavenner is responsible for oversight of the nation’s Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   Administrator Tavenner is a leader in advancing health information technology, which is a foundational element in the enhanced delivery of quality, affordable care.  Tavenner’s leadership has led CMS through the important development of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, and will leverage health IT to ensure business intelligence helps advance healthcare transformation.

HIMSS State Legislator of the Year Award recipient, State Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island State House of Representatives: Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy (D) represents the Ocean State’s House District 38 in Hopkinton and Westerly. First elected in November 1988, Representative Kennedy ranks second in the Rhode Island House in seniority and has been a leading voice in the State of Rhode Island on the impact health IT has on care delivery.

Representative Kennedy is also active in health IT initiatives nationally. He participated in the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Transforming Health Care Through Technology Project and played an integral part in the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)’s 2013 resolution regarding Health Benefit Exchange Navigator Programs.

As a member of the HIMSS State Advisory Roundtable, he regularly participates in HIMSS events to provide state-level insight on health IT. Representative Kennedy attended HIMSS13 in New Orleans, where he provided the keynote during the HIE Preconference Symposium, attended the State Advisory Roundtable Luncheon, and spoke during the Public Policy Leaders Breakfast.

The Representative is also engaged with the HIMSS New England chapter—attending events, meeting with members in his capitol office, and supporting health IT legislation in Rhode Island.

HIMSS Special Recognition Health IT Leadership Award recipient, Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health IT:Dr. Farzard Mostashari,serves as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  HIMSS honors him with this recognition before he leaves government service in October 2013.

Dr. Mostashari has an impact on health IT that is far reaching and effective.  He engages fellow federal leaders, healthcare stakeholders, and other interested participants in information sharing across all community segments.  He frequently requests HIMSS observations and guidance on issues, such as meaningful use, care coordination, value of health IT, and interoperability capabilities.

Modern Healthcare/HIMSS CEO IT Achievement Awards

Modern Healthcare and HIMSS announced in May the recipients of the 11th Annual CEO IT Achievement Award recipients, who will be honored during the NHIT Week reception. The annual CEO IT Achievement Award recognizes one or more healthcare industry chief executive officers who demonstrate leadership and commitment to using information technology to advance their healthcare organization's strategic goals.

The recipients of the 2013 Modern Healthcare/HIMSS CEO IT Achievement Award are:

  • John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo.; and
  • Dr. Narendra Kini, president and CEO, Miami Children’s Hospital.

Find out more about the CEO IT Achievement Award on the HIMSS website

About National Health Information Technology Week

Now in its eighth year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT.  Please log onto for more information.


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